After thirteen years as the face of the hugely popular comedy quiz show QI, Stephen Fry has announced that he will be relinquishing the host’s chair which he has sat in since the show’s inception.
Known for his razor sharp wit and intelligence, Fry leaves big shoes to fill but the BBC believe that they have the perfect replacement in comedian Sandi Toksvig.
Toksvig, who is also openly gay, was a regular guest on the show and has hosted other BBC programs such as 1001 Things You Should Know, and the game show Fifteen to One.
Resident panelist Alan Davies will continue on in his role on the show which covers topics under one letter of the alphabet per series .
In announcing his departure, the ever gracious Fry was full of praise for his co-workers and audience.
“For 13 years I had one of the best jobs on television,” Fry said via the BBC.
“Behind the camera squadrons of quite extraordinarily brilliant researchers, programme makers and uniquely curious (in both senses of the word) people making that job so much easier.
“In front of the camera generations of lively minds and above all of course the wonder of nature that is Alan Davies.
“After passing the alphabetical halfway mark I thought it time to move on, but I will never cease to be grateful to John Lloyd for devising QI and for everyone else for making it such fun.”
Toksvig said Fry had done a remarkable job as QI host but say she is really looking forward to taking up what she described as her “dream job”.
“Stephen has been utterly brilliant with the first half of the alphabet.
“Now I look forward to picking up the baton, mixing my metaphors and sailing towards the Land of Nod (ie. Z). Who knows what lies ahead? It should all be quite interesting.”